Assessment and Accountability Changes in Utah Public Schools:
What to Expect
If you’re one of the educators, parents, or students wondering what comes next in school grading, student testing, and education accountability in Utah, the Utah State Board of Education has a new two-page flyer that may be of help.
Senate Bill 220, passed in the most recent legislative session, made some changes to the system.
What’s happening is this: Students in grades 3 – 10 will continue to take SAGE assessments this spring. Some high school juniors will take SAGE assessments, others will take the ACT college entrance exam this spring. Check with your school to see which one applies. The Utah State Board of Education will issue school grades this fall based on the criteria established in existing state law.
In the spring of 2018, students in grades 3 – 8 will take SAGE assessments and do one writing prompt and students in grades 9 – 10 will take the ACE Aspire test. High school juniors will take the ACT college entrance exams. The Utah State Board of Education is not required to issue school grades for the 2017-18 school year.
In the 2018-19 school year, there will be similar testing as the previous year and the State Board will again be required to assign school grades based on the legislation passed this year.